Can exercise help us sleep better?

So Milo has discovered a short burst of HIIT training for fitness (throw the ball) and then a double dose of sleep, with a couple of scratches behind the ears works wonders for mood and energy.  He has also realised that flat out has two meaning, flat out running and flat out sleeping, the latter he seems more acceptable to.

Research has shown people sleep significantly better and feel more alert during the day if they get at least 150 minutes of exercise a week.

As we age we tend to get slightly less sleep.  Factors affecting sleep are the circadian rhythms that coordinate the timing of our bodily functions, including sleep. Some people tend to become sleepier in the early evening and wake earlier in the morning compared to younger counterparts.  (Pick Mike)

Sleep also enhances muscular recovery through protein synthesis, and human growth hormone release. Getting eight to ten hours of quality sleep every night will promote these factors, as well as overall general well being.

Those of us that are not good sleepers may need more advice from our resident expert Jane on what can assist them get that quality sleep required to give more energy.

Other reasons exercise helps with sleep.


Exercise Helps You Fall Asleep

Exercise helps you fall asleep faster and even helps you stay asleep during the night.

Exercise Alleviates Stress

One of the most common things that keep us up at night is stress.  We worry about work, obsess about money, and work ourselves into a mental frenzy that makes sleep impossible.

Exercise Improves the Quality of Your Sleep

Along with making it easier to fall asleep and easier to stay asleep, researchers have found that exercise improves the overall quality of your sleep

Exercise Helps You Get More Sleep

Researchers have also found that exercise can increase a person’s total sleep time when done consistently.

Exercise Decreases Daytime Sleepiness

Research has shown again and again that consistent physical activity reduces daytime sleepiness.